12/20/07

Save videos from sites like Youtube without the use of any addons.

Update: This trick no longer works with youtube as youtube videos are now stored in the system temp folder and not the browsers cache, copying a file from the temp folder is not possible. It Still works for other video sites.

How to save videos from sites like Youtube,Google video,Metacafe,Dailymotion,Yahoo videos and Sharkle without any additional addon's to your browser or through online services?

The best way to save embeded video's without using any online service or browser extension(addons) is to extract them from your browser cache (the temporary storage of your browser) where they are stored when you access them through your browser ,this method works for most browsers and embedded content not just the videos, flash content like games can also be saved by this method.

Looking at the Post you may think that the procedure is very lengthy but I assure you once you know the steps it's just a few clicks.

1. The first step you need to take is to find where the browsers cache is located on your computer,it would placed deep down in your systems folder tree structure, for Instance here is the path for the location of the browsers cache on my computer C:\Documents and Settings\*your username*\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\0jevq2wn.default\Cache make sure that you have the show hidden folders option enabled because the folder would normally be hidden, the best way to get to it is to type "local settings" in Run without the quotes, click on OK and follow the rest of the path as shwon in the above example, you will be not able to see the application data folder if you don't have the show hidden folders option enabled.

Here is a Screen capture of my Firefox Browsers Cache



2. As you can see in the above snap shot of my cache there are no recognizable file extensions to the files present in the cache,You need to look for a recent file which is of several mb's as most videos would be, save it to a different location on your computer and rename it with a file extension of .flv at the end of the file name, you can now enjoy the saved video in any player which supports flv(flash video) like the FLV Player or VLC Player.

**Do not close the browser window until you have saved the video because as soon as you close the window the file would be wiped off from the browsers cache in most cases.**

For Opera users the browsers cache should be located in a location similar to the one shown here C:\Documents and Settings\*your user name*\Application Data\Opera\opera\profile\cache4

For Internet Explorer users the browsers cache should be located in a location similar to the one shown here :C:\Documents and Settings\*your user name*\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

Note: These files are normally hidden, you need to enable the Option of show hidden files and folders to be able to see them.

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9/21/07

RSS In a way even your Grand Mom can Understand.

This is an Extremely well made Video explaining Rss in a way even your grand mom can understand what it is all about, You should definitely take a look at this video even if you are a geek at this stuff , just to see how the video was made.

This is an Ideal Video to explain rss in simple terms to anyone, whatever their background may be.


9/15/07

Animation Vs Animator 1.

Well I am back after my academic break, need to do a lot of catching up in the blogsphere, starting my first post with a Cool Video from Youtube, This is actually the first part of a video that I have already posted earlier.

8/1/07

Do you search for free wallpapers, ringtones for your mobile, wordpress/blogger skins


Do you search for free wallpapers, ringtones for your mobile, wordpress/blogger skins, music or free software, widgets for your blogs, If your answer is Yes than the following tip will be greatly helpful for finding quality stuff for Free.

No matter what you are searching for if you use the word free in the search string you will be bombarded with spam in your search results. why waste your precious time searching for them when you can find them ready for you to be consumed.

There are a lot of social bookmarking sites like Digg.com,stumbleupon.com, del.icio.us, clipmarks.com, slashdot.com on the web where you can find the best websites which offer quality free stuff reviwed and ranked by the users, all you need to do is to point Google to search those sites for you.

you can acheive that by using the special operator "site", here is what you have to type in the search bar:

site:digg.com free "wallpapers"
site:del.icio.us free "ringtones"

Relevant posts:

Some not so well known but greatly useful Google tips.

Tips to use Google Like a Pro. (Edited)

7/31/07

Mozilla easter egg.


If you are a Firefox user, try this in your browser type about:mozilla in your browser and hit enter or click here , you will see a hidden message displayed in your browser window, which is also called as a virtual easter egg, according to wikipedia A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie,book,CD,DVD, Computer program or a Video game,other mozilla products like netscape also contain hidden messages here is a wiki link for those. if you use utorrent application click on help-->about and press t on your keyboard to launch a hidden game of Tetris. for more information on virtual easter eggs check this wiki page. Thanks starscream.

7/28/07

The Train Ride.

Pretty excited to be part of this train ride with such amazing and great passengers like my friend, Pearl (The observant) of Fresh-Prespectives, Ilker Yoldas of The Thinking blog, Jhon chow of jhonchow.com, Maki of DoshDosh.

Thank you Pearl for making me a part of this.


———- START COPYING HERE ———-
Geek Train - All aboard!

1 - Write a short paragraph at the beginning of your post and linkback to the blog(s) that put you on the list in the paragraph. You MUST do this. No-one plans on getting slapped for duplicate content any time soon, do they?

2 - Next, copy the list of originals below COMPLETELY and add it to your own blog. If you’d like a different keyword for your blog then change it, when you do your post, and it should pass to most blogs with that keyword, provided the train keeps on spreading.

3 - Take the adds from the blog that added you and place them in the “Originals” list.

4 - Add at least three new favourite blogs of yours to keep the train going, e-mail the blog owners (or comment on one of their posts) and insist that they post.

My Adds:
(The Sir Paul McCartney fan)Christina

The Originals:

(The techie) Ashwin
(The blogtrepreneur) Adnan
(The writer) Ray Dotson
(The observant) Fresh Perspectives
(The clever) Cash For Comments
(The Thoughtful) Ilker Yoldas
(The kick-ass) Nate Whitehill
(The original) 13-Year Old Blogger
(The money-making) Affiliate Marketing guide
(The overclocker) Shawn Knight
(The incredible) Chris Hooley
(The rhetorical) Michael Kwan
(The talented) Leo Chiang
(The root of all evil) John Chow
(The business dude) Josh Mullineaux
(The brilliant) Shoemoney
(The absurdly loud) Ed Lau
(The mastermind) Jon Waraas
(The yaketty) Stephen Fung
(The wickedly cool) Everton Blair
(The uber blogger) Ms Danielle
(The AdSense magician) Michael Cheney
(The enterprising) Matt Coddington
(The monetizing minded) Daily Web Ideas
(The legendary) Gary Lee
(The nifty) Dosh Dosh
(The ambitious) Jeff Kee
(The crafty two at) TechRave
(The deaf guy) Deaf Musician
(The social guy) Alex Ion
(The cool guy) Ryan Shamus
(The high flying) Tom Simon



This link train is the brainchild of David Wilkinson, hyper, money-making kid, and kick-ass blog designer Nate Whitehill.
———- END COPYING HERE ———-

Well I have one addition only at present will add some soon.

Happy Blogging.

7/25/07

GOM Player


A player worth to be on your computer, the gom player comes with all the most popular audio and video codecs built into it, this slick looking player is capable of playing files which are broken or which are still being downloaded, this feature alone is good enough to have this player on your computer.

This Freeware player has many other Interesting features like:

*Codec Finder, for instance you happen to have a media file for which this player doesn't have a embedded codec, in such cases the player would find the open source version of the codec for you online and would direct you to that particular website.

*Screen Capture, using the burst feature in this you can take continuous screenshots upto 999 shots at a an Interval that you set.

To see a complete list of it's capabilities click here

Interested Get it here.

7/20/07

Get your Own customized YouTube player


YouTube recently Launched a Cool New Feauture called Custom player, as the name indicates you can customize the look of the player by selecting a color theme for the player which suits your blog and you can name it whatever you want and give it description and chose a layout and the content that will be played in the player either from your favorites or your play lists get the code for it and embed it on your blog/website.

A great tool for bloggers to have a player customized for their blog/website which goes well with the blogs theme/look rather than the default Grey skinned player.

To create your own custom player go to the "My Account" page, then click My Custom Playersor click here

Save your FireFox Sessions with Session Manager 0.5.4



Save your Firefox sessions with Session Manager whenever you want or automatically at the Startup and after crashes.

Save your browsing sessions so that you can get back to work straight away when you come online saving you from the routine of opening all the tabs and windows, it has the ability to reopen accidentally closed windows and tabs,It's a pretty useful tool for those who do a lot of research work on the web.

If you use a dual boot system you can make Firefox to save your sessions in a common location which is readable by both the operating systems, that way you can get back to work right away which ever operating system you are on.

Get it here:Session Manager 0.5.4

Edit: get the latest version here.

7/16/07

Logitech take's mouse of pad into air



Logitech Launches a exciting new wireless rechargeable mouse called MX Air, what is so special about it? well you can actually use it in the air to control the cursor on your pc ,which reminds me of the Nintendo's Wii game controller.

You can hold it in your hand like a remote controller of your tv (it's more accurate to compare it with the Nintendo Wii) and use the Gesture controls to flip through images on your computer or reduce or increase the volume by press holding the volume button and moving your hand to the right to increase volume and left to decrease the volume and skip a song during you listen to music by flipping your mouse in a circular motion to the right or repeat a song by flipping your wrist to the left, the scroll wheel on the mouse is replaced by a touch sensitive scroll panel which responds to the finger swipes on it and it has a operating range of 30 feet which is good enough to use it by laying down on your sofa in the living room.

Check out the official Logitech MX Air video:

7/13/07

Firefox Download Statusbar.



Integrate the Firefox Download window directly into your browser as a Statusbar with the following Firefox Addon.It makes your downloads clean and easily manageable right from your browser window.

Manage and track your downloads while you browse,just move over your mouse over the download status bar for additional information about the file you are downloading or get the preview of the image file you have downloaded.

Despite its compact size, Download statusbar packs in more useful features than the standard download window. The fully customizable interface auto-hides when not in use, allowing full control without interruption.

Get :Download Statusbar 0.9.6.3 here

7/8/07

Save images into specific folders with the following Addon for Firefox.


Organize your images easily into specific folders while you download them, saving a lot on your time and effort.You can Send them into your favorite folders with just a few clicks once you configure the addon without going through the time consuming default Save Image As folder structure, right from the contextual menu.


Double clicking on a Image in a web page would save the image in the folder that was last used by the addon without going through the contextual menu again.
You can even set it to overwrite a file with similar filename or increment the file name with a number and save it when there are files in that folder with a similar file name.

Link:Save Image in Folder 1.1.3

7/7/07

Animation Vs Animator.

Came across this really Cool and hilarious video on Youtube.

Add Colors and Cool Feautres with the Gmail Skins addon for Firefox.


Change the way your gmail looks and add some cool features to your gmail with the gmail skins addon for Firefox.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2127
you can change the color of your inbox and Integrate your google homepage alongside your inbox. the addon promises many more features like:

allowing you to view weather reports, rss feeds, news headlines, flickr recently added, google calendar module etc from your inbox.
* Easily insert images from your Picasa web album in to your emails
* Insert smileys/emoticons and images in to your emails.
* Insert HTML tables and other complex HTML in to your emails.
* Make the navigation (Inbox, Starred, Sent Mail, etc) horizontal.
* Fix the navigation in place so that you don't have to scroll to the top of the page to see it.
* Zebra stripes on mailbox - pretty!
* Change the attachment paperclip (on inbox) to an icon indicating the type of attachment.
* Hide various page elements (invite panel, page footer, your email address from the top right of inbox).

The addon has some minor bugs like the disappearing of the gmail skins settings tab once you navigate away from the tab.

There is a temporary fix for this:
When ever you want to change the settings,
Go to your gmail Settings >> Labels.
Remove the one named gmskin.
Press F5 or reload and You should have the option to reset your skin and the settings.

6/30/07

Some not so well known but greatly useful Google tips.

You can use google to do some quick calculations while online or whenever you require by typing them into the search bar and hitting enter.

eg: 123456*123-789+123/456

The following tip is very useful to students.You can get the definition of any word that you don't know by typing them in the search bar with an advanced operator "define:".

eg: "define:wow" type it without the qoutes.


Want to know about the important events between the year 1940..1945, just type 1940..1945 (periods) and hit search, you can use this type of search anywhere where there are a number series.

Don't remember the exact words of a saying, a song or for instance newtons third law, google can help you out with it, just enter the words that you remember and enter a
wild card character"*" where you don't remember the words in the searchbar and hit enter.

Eg:newton for each and every action*

Happy Blogging.

6/29/07

Todo


Todos, originally uploaded by factoryjoe.

Came across this very Interesting image on flickr, this image was created using an application called Todo, which is an Mac OSX application that displays all the applications on a computer in a window.

6/23/07

Tips to use Google Like a Pro. (Edited)

File sharing services like Rapidshare,Megaupload,Sendspace etc....... are a great place to find whatever stuff we are looking for but unfortunately these sites do not index the content that is stored on their servers for search but we can still search them using Google's search engine by adding advanced operators to the search string.

For Instance if you want to search for a file on Rapidshare all you need to do is to go to google and type the following without the quotes "site:rapidshare.com" or if you want to search Megaupload.com replace rapidshare.com with megaupload.com "site:megaupload.com" with the name of the file you want to search.

additionally you can also use the advanced operator "inurl" to search for files as rapidshare url consists of the file name:

For Music:
google: +inurl:wma|mp3|ogg site:rapidshare.com "file name"


For video files:

google: +inurl:avi|mpg|wmv| site:rapidshare.com


To see all archives and programs available...

google: +inurl:exe|rar|zip site:rapidshare.com


This will give you all files available...

google: .* site:rapidshare.com

Since most files are uploaded after being zipped searching for them with:

google: +inurl:rar|zip site:rapidshare.com will give you more results.



You can also search Torrents using google just type "filetype:torrent followed by the name of the file you want to search for, here is an example of a search that I made:



Happy Browsing.

6/18/07

The Z- List meme

What is a Z-List meme?

Well you might have heard about A-list bloggers, the top of the line bloggers who have high search engine PR (page rank), the Z-list bloggers are just the opposite of the A-listers who don't have a high PR.

The purpose of Z-List meme is search engine optimization, to increase your PR by increasing the number of sites that link to you but how do you get those links in the first place, thats where Z-List meme comes in, you copy a z-list from a blog and add some links if you want and add the blog from which you copied the link at the top and hope that others will do the same for you. For a complete know how about Z-list meme visit the following blog:
Blogging to Fame!
authored by Divya, which is a must visit for all those who are new in blogging.




Blogging to Fame!

Sir Paul McCartney & The Beatles guest band Purplemelon
Taking Over The Web One City At A Time
Irish in Denmark that’s Paul O’Flaherty.
Franciov Weblog
The Thinking Blog
Cre8buzz
DoshDosh

Connected Internet
Blog-Op
Mike’s Money Making Mission
Time to Budget
Can I Make Big Money Online
Blogtrepreneur

Flee the Cube
Blogging Secret
Blogging to Fame
Million Dollar Experiment heads Down Under
Quest to make money on the internet

Kumiko’s Cash Quest

Calico Monkey
Internet Bazaar
Shotgun Marketing Blog
BrandSizzle

bizsolutionsplus

Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Pow! Right Between The Eyes!
Billions With Zero Knowledge

Working at Home on the Internet
MapleLeaf 2.0
Two Hat Marketing
darrenbarefoot.com
The Emerging Brand

The Branding Blog

CrapHammer
Drew’s Marketing Minute
Golden Practices
Viaspire

Tell Ten Friends
Flooring the Consumer
Kinetic Ideas
Unconventional Thinking
Buzzoodle

NewsPaperGrl

The Copywriting Maven
Hee-Haw Marketing
Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn
Multi-Cult Classics

Logic + Emotion

Branding & Marketing
Popcorn n Roses
On Influence & Automation
Bullshitobserver

Servant of Chaos
converstations
eSoup
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
aialone

John Wagner
Nick Rice
CKs Blog
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck

The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Perspective
gDiapers

Marketing Nirvana
Bob Sutton
¡Hola! Oi! Hi!
Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!
Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together
Community Guy
Social Media on the fly
Creative Think

6/17/07

Ways to Make Firefox Go Lite on your system resources.

You can force Firefox to use a prefixed amount of your system memory(Ram) by the following tweak:

Type "about:config" in the browser address bar without the quotes and in the filter type “browser.cache” and search for “browser.cache.disk.capacity"



The default is set to 50000, right click on it and select modify



but you can change it , depending on how much memory you have on your computer or how much you want assign to. go for a number around 20000 if you have more than 512MB of ram on your PC.



Reduce RAM usage further for when Firefox is minimized. This setting will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. And there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore Firefox, so it’s definitely worth a go.

Type "about:config" in the browser address bar without the quotes



Right click anywhere and click on New-> Boolean


Name it “config.trim_on_minimize” without the qoutes.



Toggle it to TRUE and restart Firefox for the settings to take effect.



HAPPY BROWSING.

Throttle your Firefox to load the webpages 3-4 times faster than normal

Normally a browser will make one request at a time to a webpage, by increasing the number of requests we make to a webpage we can Increase the speed at which the page loads, the following tweaks will let you achieve that.
Type “about:config” without the quotes into the address bar of your Firefox browser and hit Enter. Search for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Toggle network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining to true by right clicking on them and selecting toggle.

Modify network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to a number like 15 by right clicking on it and selecting modify and specifying the number, this means that it would make 15 requests of the webpage that you visit aiding in loading the webpage faster.


The following tweak will speed up Firefox by reducing the amount of time Firefox takes before displaying the information it receives.

Right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer

and name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay” without the quotes

and enter the integer value as “0”.


HAPPY BROWSING.

6/15/07

Exciting devlopments in the world of Computing.

All of those who have seen the movie Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg would remember the scene were Tom cruse's character Interacts with the computer with his hands as the Input device moving around things on the screen and making changes, well the days of that happening in our day to day life are not far, In fact the technology has already been launched into the public, used in Microsoft's "Surface" which has been launched this year and the soon to roll out Apple's iphone has a two fingered version , the following video is of a presentation given by Jeff Hans, for a view of Microsoft's Surface check the Link below, do check the video.
http://www.microsoft.com/surface

HAPPY SURFING.


6/14/07

All About The Middle Mouse Button

Do you know that you can do many other things with the middle mouse button (mouse wheel or scroll wheel) than just scrolling through web pages, read on to know the things that you can achieve by using the middle mouse button which would make the time you spend online more productive.


Here are the tips for you to achieve that:

Middle click/Mouse wheel click on a Link opens it in a New Tab.

Middle click/Mouse wheel click on a Bookmark on your Personal Toolbar will open it up in a New Tab.

Middle Click/Mouse Wheel Click on a folder will open all the bookmarks in the folder in a new Tabs.

Middle Click/Mouse Wheel Click on a Tab will close that Tab.

Middle Click/Mouse Wheel Click on a History item will open the page in a new Tab.

Middle Click/Mouse Wheel Click on the Back and Forward buttons will open the last/next page in a new Tab.

Middle Click/Mouse Wheel Click on the Home button will open your homepage in a new Tab(s).

Middle Click/Mouse Wheel Click on a folder will open all the bookmarks in the folder in a new Tab(s).

Be Warned that this would close the all other tabs that you have presently open, without giving you any warning.


HAPPY BROWSING.

6/8/07

Browse With Ease With the Following Firefox Shortcuts

*ALT-D or CTRL-L


to jump insertion point to address bar.

Press ALT-D or CTRL-L and your insertion point (cursor) will jump to the address bar. Then simply over type the address that you want over the existing address.
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*CTRL-Enter= .com

*Shift-Enter=.net

*Ctrl-Shift-Enter= .org

Instead of Typing the whole http://www.awows.blogspot.com manually just type the middle part of the address that you want to go to and press ctrl-enter this would add the prefixes of http://www and the .com suffix

for e.g. If you type gmail and press CTRL-Enter, you will go to http://www.gmail.com

Similarly using "Shift-Enter" you can add .net as the sufix eg: http://www.*****.net and Ctrl-Shift-Enter for .org
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*CTRL-Mouse wheel spin Or CTRL-"+" and CTRL-"-" without the qoutes.

to enlarge or shrink page font size


*Right Shift-Mouse Wheel Backwards= Previous Page

*Right Shift-Mouse Wheel Forward=Present Page


That screen font is too small or too large for you? No worries, simply spin your mouse wheel while holding CTRL. Your font size changes incrementally.

Or else you can use the following Key board Shortcuts. of pressing ctrl and + to increase the font size or ctrl and - to decrease the font size.

Right side Shift key with Mouse wheel backwards to go to previous page and with the wheel forward to go to the Present Page.
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*CTRL-T = New Tab

*CTRL-N = New Window

*CTRL-W = Close Window




to launch a new tab


A favorite trick for power Internet users... this enables you to read your Gmail or Hotmail, while searching Google, and simultaneously checking your stocks and weather reports.

CTRL-T launches a new tab (effectively a new browser window, but without all the memory overhead of a full window).


CTRL-N

To launch a New Window.

It launches a completely new window.

CTRL-W

Use ctrl-w to quickly close a Tab or a window without reaching for your mouse.
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*Backspace


to reverse one page in your browser history.


Instead of lunging for your "back button", use backspace to reverse once into the past.

Excellent for researchers while browsing.
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*F11


to expand to Full Screen view

This effectively adds 25% more viewing area to your screen. F11 hides the title bar, menu bar, address bar, and status bar.

Press F11 again to toggle back to regular view.
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*CTRL-K


jump to Google bar to search


There is an integrated Google search bar in the top right of the screen.

Use CTRL-K to quick-jump to this, and search for your next web page!
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F5


refresh-reload the web page


If your page fails to fully load, or if you are looking to update the weather and sports scores on your screen, press the classic F5 key to refresh.
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*CTRL-D


to bookmark the current page


Again, save yourself the effort of lunging for your mouse. Press CTRL-D, and your bookmark dialog box will appear.

Related: pressing enter will accept the dialog box defaults.
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*ALT-HOME

Go to home page of your browser.
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Tab navigation. Instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:

* Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
* Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
* Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

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* Spacebar (page down)
* Shift-Spacebar (page up)


you can use these shortcuts to scroll through a webpage without using the mouse.


HAPPY SURFING.

6/7/07

The Best of the Free Firewalls Available

As we know very well that prevention is better than cure, Installing a good firewall would protect the computer from the countless viruses,addware,malware that present out there from getting into your computer. There are a lot of free Firewalls available but which of them are the best, to find out I scouted around the web reading the reviews from a good number of sites and forums and comparing their results and came up with these :

The Best of the Free Firewalls available are:

1.Comodo Firewall Pro

2.ZoneAlaram.



Comodo Firewall Pro

My choice of the Best Firewall is Comodo, due to it's great looking and easy to use interface when compared to ZoneAlarm and it also contains features some of which are available only in zomeAlarm Pro which is the paid version, it recognizes hundreds of commonly used programs and configures access to them without you facing a barrage of popup's to allow access to the Internet from the applications on your computer which is also only available in ZoneAlarm pro, it's been ranked the best in most reviews and even comes ahead some of the premium firewalls.

ZoneAlarm

ZoneAlaram is also a quite effective firewall but lacks some of the features that Comodo offers for free has Issues with some antivirus software's.

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